Locals Looking To Qualify, SWOSSAA Opens Today

Rayne Kellier

CKSS’ Rayne Kellier wins the senior girls high jump event at LKSSAA. She’ll be one of the favourites in the same event at SWOSSAA – Photo by Peggy Johnson/ CKSN.ca

The SWOSSAA track and field championships open today in Chatham, with a large contingent of Chatham-Kent athletes entering the event with hopes of qualifying for the OFSAA West Regionals.

In the midget girls division, CKSS’ Camille Blain was the midget girls LKSSAA track and field champion, winning each of her events including the 80m hurdles, 300m hurdles, and 200m dash, as well as the 4x100m relay.

Other midget girls athletes who won their LKSSAA events include CKSS’ Niveen Tekhli (1500m), Anna Trinca (3000m), Emily Burd (Javelin), Kirby MacKinnon (Long Jump), and UCC’s Abby Piatkowski (Shot Put).

At the Junior Girls level, CKSS’ Payton Sabourin looks to continue her dominance. She won the 100m, 200m, and 400m events, as well as the overall Junior girls crown at LKSSAA. She also helped her relay teams win the 4x100m and 4x400m events.

Alison Stephens of CKSS won both the Discus and Shot Put, while fellow CKSS athlete Marandee Hunter enters SWOSSAA as the LKSSAA Javelin champion. CKSS’ Kristen VanGoethem (300m Hurdles) and UCC’s Emma Nicholson (High Jump) also won their events at LKSSAA.

Senior girls champion, and female athlete of the meet Ally Oulds of CKSS will have her eye on OFSAA, entering as the LKSSAA champion in the 200m, 400m, and 400m hurdles, as well as part of CKSS’ relay teams.

Other LKSSAA champions from Chatham-Kent at the senior girls level include CKSS’ Hannah St. Pierre (100m), Rayne Kellier (High Jump), and Mattea Deleary (Long Jump), as well as Chatham Christian’s Carolyn Prins (Triple Jump), and Wallaceburg’s Amy Nap (100m Hurdles).

On the boys side, no Chatham-Kent athletes won a midget boys division.

At the Junior Boys level, Aidan Lachine of ESPC enters SWOSSAA after winning the 800m and 300m hurdles. UCC’s Jonathan Cartier was the 100m champion, Wallaceburg’s Camden Fischer won the Shot Put, and CKSS’ Lars MacDonald (Triple Jump) and Drew Koluk (Long Jump) also enter as local champions.

Finally in Senior Boys, Thador Tekhli won the 800m and 2000m steeplechase, James Muharrem captured the 110m hurdles and 400m hurdles, while Desmond Lambkin (Triple Jump), and John McGregor’s Anthony Atkinson (Discus) also won their events.

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